Kia Ora, I am Amanda, when our son came out, I was not surprised and as an arty, liberal type I thought, I had this, it would be plain sailing. Actually as it turned out, my hubby and I were, not surprised but still shocked and unsure of how to handle some issues that came up. We sometimes still have wonderings.
We found that Josh’s coming out didn’t end there, not only was it a transitional time for him, it was also the beginning of our coming out to friends and family.
Where we sought support there was little, where we least expected it, we found it. Most of all as a family we have all grown through this and have developed a stronger family bond, we continue to navigate this road together and we are all richer for the experience. Josh is our wonderful son, we would not compromise or change any part of who he is, we are very proud.
I am a social worker and currently completing my counselling Post grad. I feel I am now in a good place to start supporting parents and families through these growing pains, so if you are feeling, lost, alone, isolated, angry, confused, guilty or a little unsure come and join me and lets talk this through.
Lets support ourselves, our children, our families and our communities together, we are each a vital link in the chain.